Willie's Good Food! / 24 April 2011
Willie, best chef on board, © Magnus Danbolt
240411 NZT 15:00
Position S31’22.2 W179’11.0 We have continued on a starboard tack, heading best to east. In the night, two canoes, Uto and Haunui slipped a few miles behind. Up wind we have to pay attention to the hoe and steer straight, the canoes are not good for beating against the wind and the waves, we easily loose ground. So, in the morning Hine waited to let her sisters catch up.
Aunofo: The dawn this morning wasn’t clear. Some clouds covered the sky with east northeasterly wind. Before breakfast our skipper Magnus radio checked for everyone’s position and found out that we were far ahead of everyone. He told us to drop the mainsail and drift to wait for the other canoes. Gaualofa and Te Matau were not too far behind. Five days away from Aoteroa, Hine got one tuna, Ata tried very hard to get some fish for lunch but no luck, still many thousand of miles to go to Fakalava. We have to face the cold, rough and strong wind on our way, and have to especially steer the hoe straight. Finally Haunui and Uto Ni Yalo got closer. We set sail again and sailed up wind to meet them. Our film crew moves to Evohe today. They have been sailing five days with us on Hine Moana. We enjoyed having Kate and Petier onboard very much. It was good to see all the five vaka around us again. In the old days we lived with families and we have the same feeling while sailing. We need to sail together so no one feels lonely. In the beautiful afternoon Ana enjoyed steering the foe under the sun and feeling the breeze, thinking about our ancestors, how brave and strong they were. We all promise ourselves we can do it with all our faith, work together guided by our God. And with help of the amazing food from our chef Willie which keeps everybody strong and happy!